Friday Night In with Jason from Dineamic
You know what, I saw these meals a long time ago when they first launched in Melbourne. I was really sad that I couldn't try them, because they were affordable, and had gluten, free, dairy free and fructose friendly options! Since then, they've expanded and are now delivering their meals across most of Australia. So it was finally the perfect opportunity to trial them and let you know my thoughts.
Well, first up, they have a really large range of items to choose from. I'm talking much larger than most others. As well as different ways to choose your food. You can get meal plans, or buy individual meals, or buy a larger serve and portion it out yourself e.g. the different types of lasagnes!
When my delivery arrived, I was pretty excited. I was given a carrot soup, chicken risotto and lamb casserole. They come in pouches, which are frozen. I thought this might be their downfall. Frozen foods when reheated can sometimes be a bit iffy for me - the chicken too chewy, the rice mushy, the beef really tough etc. They seemed to have got it just right though as the dishes I had turned out great.
The next downfall I was anticipating, which I probably shouldn't admit, but because it was overseen by a Dietitian, I thought the food might've been a bit on the bland side. I was happily surprised to find out it was actually really full of flavour! Even the carrot soup surprised me! It just looked like carrot puree, so I was a little bit cautious. Then I tasted it and it was a great little dish. I say little, because the bag suggested it served two. It would've easily served me. So I'd recommend that one for a delicious veggie filled entree. My partner who is an athlete also tried one of the main dishes, and he enjoyed the taste but he made the same comment - it said it served two, but he ate it all in one go. His dietary needs are obviously much greater than mine though, so it does depend on the individual. Use the serves as a guide.
Overall, Dineamic served up some really tasty meals, and their use of fresh ingredients without preservatives or additives is a huge bonus.
Developed by ex-footballer Jason Johnson and chef John Casey, Dineamic have launched nationally this year and have been hugely popular with busy mums and individuals who don’t want to compromise on health and taste even when compromised on time.
There's a different delivery schedule for each state - currently VIC, NSW, SA, QLD, WA. So check if and when they come to your place here.
Tonight we speak with Jason, to learn a little bit more about him and how Dineamic came about.
Happy Friday Night In!
How did your business come about?
Two peoples’ shared vision for providing high quality, nutritional and balanced meal solutions for elite athletes. A chance meeting took place in mid 2008, where food and sport were the common interests. The idea John Casey and Karen Inge developed in early 2000 was re born when I was interested in becoming a chef and providing a specialised catering service to elite athletes and sporting teams.
The most rewarding part of your job?
When someone tells you they really love your food and what a difference it has made to their lives.
What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could?
Feed an Olympic athlete village our delicious nutritious food
Favourite place in the world?
My favorite place in the world that I’ve been to is the Rockies in Canada
If you were a spice, which would you be?
Cinnamon - I can make bananas taste nice.
5 things you can’t live without?
No particular order - Phone, Exercise, Snow boarding, Golf clubs, better say my wife
If you could choose to eat anything in the world for your next meal, what would it be?
Love freshly made pasta with a slow cooked meat ragout.
What was for breakfast?
I’m a cereal person, today muesli with honey and skim milk. Winter months I have porridge with some poached fruits, 1 day a week I’ll have poached eggs. Very passionate about getting the perfectly poached egg,
How would you classify your eating style?
80/20 – For the most part of my time I watch what I eat and how much I eat. There’s always room for the sweet things in life, but it’s generally after I’ve done a hard session on the bike or run.
Your favourite way to stay active?
Running 2-3 times a week. At the moment I’m loving a spin class once a week on a watt bike. Possibly the best and most specific training I’ve done.
Your menu is quite varied – what would be your favourite 3 dishes?
Moroccan chicken Tagine I always serve this on nutty vegetable couscous
Chicken and mushroom risotto
Chicken burrito mix
What’s next for Dineamic?
Moving to a bigger kitchen, seasonal menu changes that will introduce new foods to people’s diets.
Your best advice for living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle?
Be positive, every time you feel sorry for yourself, snap out of it and do something that makes you feel good about you
How can readers find you?
Dineamic is delivering Aus wide to all Capital cities, best place to connect with us is through our website www.dineamic.com.au and social media: